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Best Worst Inventions in 2016 & 2017!

Posted by Nate Alekna on Thu, Mar 16, 2017

 

So you may be wondering to yourself “Why do I have to get out of bed every morning and make my own coffee and drive myself to work? Why can’t the coffee make itself? Why can’t the car drive itself? Why do I have to stand up by myself?” Well the answer to all those questions is “Because someone hasn’t made a way to fix that yet.” We are slowly working toward our goal, however, with some of the greatest inventions mankind has ever devised.

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Tags: Technology, Bad Ideas, Inventions

You Can Still Get a Windows 10 Upgrade For Free!

Posted by Nate Alekna on Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Windows 10 isn’t free anymore and that’s bad news for anyone who didn’t get the chance to upgrade before the free period ended. You might think you’re consigned to spending the rest of your days using Windows 7 or shell out $130 for the cheapest copy. You would be mistaken. The cheapest copy of Windows 10 you can get right now is actually in the neighborhood of totally free.

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Tags: Windows Tips, Windows 10, Activate Windows

Android Apps Could Be More Dangerous Than Traditional Malware

Posted by Nate Alekna on Mon, Oct 10, 2016

There I was, sitting on the couch. I was going through facebook and I see this ad for “Shadow Blade Extreme 7.” It looks really cool. Good graphics, fun gameplay, and cats! I load the app up and my phone comes up with a notification.

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Tags: iOS, mobile security, mobile malware, android, apps, malicious apps

Can't Connect to the Internet? Here's what to do. Some simple and easy tips to help you get reconnected.

Posted by Nate Alekna on Mon, Aug 22, 2016

It’s a dark and stormy night. You sit down to binge watch 3 entire seasons of some obscure show no one has ever heard of, but you’re pretty sure it’s even better than “Lightbug”, which got canceled by Wolf News Network after its first season. Dread slowly sets in as the browser comes up with nothing more than an “Oops! We can’t seem to connect to the internet!” You aren’t connected to the internet. And you don’t know why. Thunder crashes.

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Tags: IT, Internet, troubleshooting, wifi, drivers

Why has my computer been locked? Is it this ransomware virus I've heard about?

Posted by Timothy Taylor on Wed, Jul 20, 2016

Why has my computer been locked?

   You’re working on your computer and an oddly worded message pops up with the words “Your computer has been locked”! After having a short panic attack you’re scared to read on but more importantly you don’t know what you should do next.

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Tags: Backing Up, Malware Prevention, Data Backup, ransomware

How to download an older version of an app when it requires a newer iOS than you are using - QUICK FIX

Posted by Chris Allard on Thu, Jun 02, 2016


If you have an older generation iPhone (4/4s/5/5c/5s) or iPad (1st/2nd/3rd generation) that has an older version of iOS than the most current one, you may run into a problem trying to install apps made for higher version of iOS. You will get an error saying "This app requires iOS version 8.xx or later" or something similar.

Don't give up until you've tried this quick and easy workaround.

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Tags: iOS, apple

How long does a computer’s hard drive last?

Posted by Timothy Taylor on Wed, Apr 13, 2016

Anyone that has experienced catastrophic Hard Drive (HDD) failure might understand the uncomfortable feeling of not being able to use their computer, and not knowing whether or not their data is safe. Seemingly happening at the worst of times, HDD failure often leaves people caught off guard (with no back up), wondering “Well, how long was it supposed to last?”.

 

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Tags: external hard drives, Hard drives, PC Hardware, Hard Drive Recovery, Data Backup, ELI5

How can I speed up my computer using registry and disk defrag software?

Posted by Timothy Wenz on Wed, May 27, 2015

How can I speed up my computer using registry and disk defrag software?

Everyday use of your computer will eventually make your computer slower. If you have tried adding more memory, removing unused software, clearing browser cache, and other speed enhancement tricks it might be time to work on defragmenting (defrag) your system. If you have ever asked the question "How can I speed up my computer?" this is a way to squeeze more speed out and gain some more storage space.

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Tags: Defragmenting, PC tips, productivity, Windows, Registry

Network Security: How can I keep my printers from being hacked?

Posted by Chris Allard on Mon, Mar 16, 2015

Why would a hacker want my printer?

Networked printer security is often an overlooked security vulnerability area and being overlooked is what a hacker with malicious intent (we'll call them "black hats" here) looks for when wanting to penetrate a network or subnet.
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Tags: Hacking, wireless security, Hackers, Security

Pros & Cons of Free Vs Paid Antivirus Software

Posted by Chris Allard on Mon, Mar 16, 2015

The complicated, and sometimes dangerous world of the internet means that is makes very good sense for you to invest in some type of virus protection software. There are many companies offering a myriad of solutions that will help you keep your PC or laptop free of dangerous viruses, that are so prevalent on the internet. Some are free and some paid for; so it is important to consider the values of both.

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Tags: Antivirus, Malware Prevention, antivirus software